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.ptn File Extension

Developer: Nuance Communications
File type: PaperPort Thumbnail File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ptn. Files with the file extension .ptn can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ptn files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ptn file?

Files in the PTN format are data files used and created by PaperPort, a document management system program developed by Nuance Communications designed to help users in organizing their digital documents. Being bundled with Visioneer scanners, PaperPort is especially useful with scanned documents. The program features tools like stacking and unstacking of the document’s pages, meaning being able to break down the document to individual pages and assemble them to a new file. It also has a built-in optical character recognition to create searchable PDF files, which can allow efficient searching and indexing. PTN files are data files used to contain information needed in displaying thumbnail images. The data held inside the files also serves as index files for the documents used within the software. To access such files, users may be required to install the authoring software for the file type. In this case, the PaperPort.

how to open a .ptn file?

Launch a .ptn file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ptn file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ptn files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ptn file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ptn file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ptn file association errors

applications that open a .ptn file

Nuance PaperPort

Nuance PaperPort

The PaperPort application that was developed by Nuance Communications Inc. works well with scanned documents. It is a desktop document management system that allows users to easily manage their documents as it is used for storing, sharing and finding documents on a certain network as well as it allows users to access their files using iphone and other mobile devices. This application features a PaperPort Anywhere Sync Connector that allows users to connect to this application no matter where they are located. There are also scanning improvement features contained in this software. This feature provides users with a more enhanced scanning capability as well as there are also folder note improvement features, allowing users to add notes to a certain folder easily. Its new workspace option feature contributes a lot to enhanced productivity as buttons have been added for recently scanned documents, saving users the time remembering where their recently scanned documents are located. The Nuance Paperport application can open files in the PTN format.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ptn files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ptn. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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